Welcome to our School Website.

Céad Míle Fáilte go Láithreán Scoil Ghormáin Naofa, Baile an Cáisleáin.

We are a vibrant child-centred school with the happiness of our pupils at the core of our ethos. We believe that if a child is happy, they have a better predisposition towards learning. Through our curricular and extra curricular teaching, we aim to promote the development of the whole person through a range of opportunities and multiple styles of learning. We pride ourselves on providing an atmopshere that is conducive to a happy and engaged schooling.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our site and that you learn about all the range of activities we are involved in here in Scoil Ghormáin Naofa.

Is mise le meas,

Emer Russell


Telephone: 0402 37596

Email: secretarycastletownns@gmail.com

Twitter: @Castletown_NS

Established by Parish 1865

Recognised as National School 1872

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Please please the bees!

2nd/3rd class are looking forward to their interactive workshop with The National Museum of Ireland tomorrow around theme of Bees. They have been really buzzzzzzzy  preparing for the workshop and will have lots of questions!

Here is their classroom window -we love their art!

Pictured: Our bee habitats ready for Beeville! Stay tuned!

We are proud to be supporters of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan!

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Outdoor development

Our 6th class students are taking great pride in developing the walkway for younger students, putting their artistic talents to great use.

We will update photos as they finish! Well done all!

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An interactive workshop with the National Museum of Ireland

4th – 6th class enjoyed a very informative workshop about Animals and Extinction with Geraldine from The Natural History Museum. They looked at fossils and videos of animals that used to roam in Ireland such as The Great Irish Elk, the Grey Wolf, the hyena. We also learned about animals extinct in other countries such as the dodo bird and the thylcine (Tasmanian Tiger/ wolf).

We love being able to connect with the wider world using webcams and our interactive whiteboards!

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Tá an Bealtaine linn agus bhí an-craic againn ag maisiu na gcrainn amuigh sa pháirc. Ní bheidh aon mí-ádh againn anois! Míle buíochas do Cathy Lee mar thug sí Hawthorn óg dúinn mar bhronntanas

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Fittest School!


There was such excitement here today!
* We marked our entry into Fittest School with a hang tough and wall sit challenge for our children! 6th class are a determined bunch and Kaydie championed in hang tough while Sophia and Niall tied for first place after ten minutes in the wall sit! Best of luck to Mr. Breen, Ms. Morris, Ms. D’Arcy and Ella’s Dad Stephen , who will compete tomorrow. Pictured is Ella representing her Dad when we cheered the team on!


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A spiky visitor!


We had a visitor this morning! As lovely as it was to see a hedgehog during daytime, we know that it is not natural so this little guy is gone to our local vet. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals. Fingers crossed he will be ok!

*Update* The vet says we have the healthiest female hedgehog ever! As you can see, our infants are delighted. We are now giving her some food and will release her back into a hedgerow shortly.


Click on the link above to see our little friend eating his cat food!


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Sunny days!

We have been blessed with the recent good weather and have taken advantage of the brilliant learning opportunities outdoors.

Planting new plants to attract the pollinators under the watchful eye of one of our neighbours!

Look at the happiness and engagement in these photos! We believe that children learn in a variety of ways, through multiple intelligences. We hope to pique their interests and talents through a variety of learning opportunities

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Earth Day 2021

Earth Day took place during a very busy week in Scoil Ghormáin Naofa. As a result of lockdown, we have been exploring the benefits of outdoor learning for positive mental well being. Our staff has been delivering the curriculum in a very hands on manner in our developing outdoor classroom.

We would like every day to be Earth Day in our school and are currently devising a long term plan to utilise our surroundings for learning. All classes are currently involved in projects based in nature and our environment. Students of all ages have been digging, sowing, raking, planting and watering. Infants to first class have been observing and recording data with regard to visits from bees and birds and have started to identify a couple of species. Second and third class are working on the All Ireland pollinator plan supported by Ms. McDevitt and SNAs Finola and Carmel. In connection with this initiative, they are looking forward to an interactive workshop with the National Museum around the theme of bees.

Our parents have been hugely supportive with bird boxes, signage, outdoor blackboards, reading throne and fairy doors all being donated for our outdoor classroom and woodland walk. 6th class will be designing natural décor for the little woods inside our school boundaries. They have also been digging and planting new bushes. 4th and 5th class are currently cultivating a bogland which we hope will provide a habitat to frogs and other species next year.

Planting has been prolific with busy lizzies, sunflowers, fruit and vegetables being grown by our students. Our bug hotel is regularly booked out due to how well it is maintained by the housekeeping staff in Mr. Breen’s class!

Developing our outdoor space has been hugely beneficial in giving children a hands on experience of the importance of our ecosystems and their reliance on us as humans. Future developments will include an owl habitat amongst other ideas.

We have found that the happy chatter and engagement of our children is testament to how active learning is so effective. During assembly we discussed Earth Day and agree that we are merely custodians of Earth with a responsibility to pass it on to the next generation in good condition. We hope that providing our students with these learning opportunities will remind them that every day should be Earth Day.

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New blackboards for our outdoor classroom!


Wow! What a beautiful legacy for Alannah in 6th class to leave our school. Many thanks to Alannah’s dad of Noctor Furniture for our beautifully crafted outdoor classroom blackboards; one for teacher and one for our students to enjoy at breaktime at their height!
* Please ensure children are wearing sun screen daily as we will take advantage of outdoor learning opportunities from now on. Sun hats are also permitted.
Have a lovely weekend!

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Our outdoor endeavours

We are enjoying exploring the SESE and SPHE (among other subjects) curriculum outdoors. Our children are loving getting their hands dirty as they learn about biodiversity, ecosystems and nature. Updates will be posted to our Outdoor Classroom page. Stay tuned…..


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